Women in Prison Project
WIPP conducts intensive investigations on key issues related to the effect of criminal justice policy on women and families, such as the impact of domestic violence on women’s incarceration, reproductive health services in prison, and the intersection of child welfare and criminal justice policies. Carried out over the course of several years, this research is informed by expert advisory boards and professional data analysts. At the end of each study, the CA publishes a detailed report of findings and recommendations, which form the basis of strategic, long-term advocacy campaigns to reform the policies and practices.
Select In-Depth Research Reports:
From Protection to Punishment: Post-Conviction Barriers to Justice for Domestic Violence Survivor-Defendants in New York State, an in-depth report that finds domestic violence and women’s incarceration are inextricably linked, and outlines myriad barriers to justice faced by survivors who act to protect themselves from an abuser’s violence.
Women, Incarceration, Reentry and HIV, a comprehensive report finds the majority of incarcerated women living with HIV and HCV or who are at high risk for HIV and HCV eventually return home and resume their various roles in society.
When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: The Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State, a report highlighting the pernicious effect that incarceration of mothers has on their families and makes recommendations for preserving family ties.
Mandatory Injustice: Case Histories of Women Convicted under New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws, accounts of incarcerated women serving prison terms under the Rockefeller Drug Laws.
N.C. Prisons End Shackling of Women During Childbirth, A ‘Barbaric’ Practice 32 Other States Still Allow
“People’s human rights do not end when they enter the walls of a prison.” Ending a practice described by medical experts as “barbaric,” the director of North Carolina’s state prisons said Wednesday that women who give birth while they are incarcerated will no longer be restrained or shackled during labor. Women’s rights advocates applauded the [...]Read More
Reports & Research
“Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Association’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
“The isolation itself is torture. Mentally and emotionally, it breaks you down. Spiritually it strips you. The way it is built is to break you down as a person and push your family away.” From “Solitary at Southport” Solitary confinement is torture. New York State subjects people to solitary confinement and other forms of isolation [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More